Vicious: Review

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I wanted to read such a story for a long time, and I’m glad I read this!

The story is essentially in two timelines; the present and 10 years ago. It is in third-person narrative, and follows two sets of characters’ lives. The story progresses of how their lives have intertwined with each other, and the implications that follows, in a form of a revenge story.

The character development was a gradual. It gave insight to each of the character lives and why I should care about each one of them, which I did.

“Heroes vs. Villains” was a reoccurring theme. And it really comes down to the perspective you chose to see, that will define who you label ‘hero’ or ‘villain’.

I would love to have a sequel, but as a standalone novel it is well-written, and I loved it. (UPDATE: there is a sequel coming soon!!!)

Overall 5 out of 5 stars.

This Savage Song: Review

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…Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” ― V.E. Schwab, Vicious

I don’t particularly like reading dystopian-fantasy stories, but this wasn’t bad.
The book is divided into 4 parts. The first two parts involves world building and character development. The other two parts are a fast-paced buildup to the climax followed by a rather soft conclusion.

The conclusion is less impactful than what I had expected, and the open plot-point towards the end of the book just made me sigh. (I mean, really, a new plot point? I get it is for a projected series, but why bait readers!?)

The writing style is easy to follow and visualize, without going overboard with the details nor dragging the story. Though I would have liked to know more about the City of Verity.

Overall, 3.5 over 5 stars, because some aspects were missing overall to make this a perfect-read, which hopefully will be addressed in its sequel novels.

This is my first V.E. Schwab read, and I’m willing to give her other books a try as well.